High School Sports

Hattiesburg nips Gautier

HATTIESBURG-- Hattiesburg defeated Gautier 27-19 on Friday night at D.I. Patrick Stadium.

Sophomore quarterback Dandre Humbles led the offense for the Tigers, throwing for two touchdowns and helped the running game with some tough rushing yards.

Gautier led 7-0 early after scoring from the one-yard line with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter.

"At times, we didn't take assignments that we were supposed to take," Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance said. "They were able to move the chains on things like that."

With the second quarter underway, Humbles threw a dagger to junior Jordan Murphy, pinning the Tigers down to the 20-yard line. On the next series of downs, sophomore Fabian Franklin executed a halfback wheel from the left side, catching the pass from Humbles into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7.

"We have to come out and play harder," Vance said. "Also, we have to just be disciplined."

The game later pulled to 21-19, with 9:18 left to play. The Tigers had a chance to put the game away, starting at the Gator three-yard line.

Humbles then threw a jump ball to Murphy, scoring the potential game-clinching touchdown with 8:55 left to play.

"I thought they had to make plays when they had to make plays," Vance said. "Guys stepped up and did what they had to do to get the win."

The Gators had a crucial drive going down the field, with just 4:34 left to play. Senior quarterback Le'Charles Pringle led the Gators down inside the Hattiesburg 40 yard line.

Facing a third and seven from the 46-yard line, senior Roy Rogers converted to give the Gators life with 2:20 left. But sophomore Raykell Ducksworth intercepted Pringle, ending the game with just under two minutes left.

"It was a great interception and a great job of maintaining possession," Vance said. "It gave us a chance to run the clock out. I thought our entire defense played well. We did a good job of controlling the clock."